2012 Indy Lights season

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2012 Indy Lights season
Firestone Indy Lights
Season
Races 12
Start date March 24
End date September 15
Awards
Drivers' champion France Tristan Vautier
Teams' champion United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Rookie of the Year France Tristan Vautier
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2011 2013

The 2012 Indy Lights season is a season of open wheel motor racing. It is the 27th season of the series and the eleventh sanctioned by IndyCar, acting as the primary support series for the IZOD IndyCar Series. It began March 24, 2012 in St. Petersburg.[1]

The championship was dominated by the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team with French driver Tristan Vautier winning the championship by eight points ahead of experienced Argentine team mate Esteban Guerrieri. SSM drivers won seven out of the twelve races over the course of the season and Vautier also claimed the rookie of the year title. Colombian driver Gustavo Yacamán from Team Moore Racing finished a tight battle for third with countryman Sebastián Saavedra.[2]

Team and driver chart[edit]

Team No. Drivers Sponsor(s) Rounds Notes
Sam Schmidt Motorsports 3 Brazil Victor Carbone[3] MAVTV / NevoNi All
7 United Kingdom Oliver Webb[4] (R) Lucas Oil All
11 Argentina Esteban Guerrieri[5] Pistas Argentinas / Ironbox All
77 France Tristan Vautier[6] (R) Mazda Road to Indy / Braille Lithium Battery / Metro Elevator All
Team Moore Racing 2 Colombia Gustavo Yacamán[7] Tuvacol / Crepes & Waffles / Xtreme Coil Drilling All
22 Canada David Ostella[8] Global Precast / Xtreme Coil Drilling All
Andretti Autosport
AFS Racing
26 Colombia Carlos Muñoz[9] (R) Automatic Fire Sprinklers / Dialy-Ser All
27 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra Automatic Fire Sprinklers All
Bryan Herta Autosport 28 United States Troy Castaneda[9] (R) Forsythe / EMC / Barracuda Networks 1–2
United States Nick Andries[10] (R) Barracuda Networks / TBolt 3
Norway Anders Krohn i-TEC Well Solutions 4, 7 In conjunction with Curb Agajanian Performance Group
Juncos Racing[11] 86 Brazil João Victor Horto (R) KONY 2012 1–2, 4
Venezuela Bruno Palli (R) Team Viso Venezuela 12
United States Chase Austin (R) Starting Grid, Inc. 7
87 4
Team E 17 United States Brandon Wagner 4
Belardi Auto Racing 4 Venezuela Jorge Goncalvez[12] TruFuel / Royal Oak Charcoal All
9 Israel Alon Day[13] (R) Liberty Engineering 1–7
Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey[14] TruFuel 8–12
19 United States Mike Larrison[15] (R) TruFuel / Royal Oak Charcoal / Royal Purple 4, 6–7, 12
Brooks Associates Racing 8 United Kingdom Alex Jones (R) Race 2 Energy Independence 1, 3
Hong Kong Adderly Fong (R) 11
Fan Force United 24 India Armaan Ebrahim[16] (R) JK Tyres / AMG 1–5
United States Bryan Clauson[17] 6–7
United Kingdom Stefan Wilson Jacked Up Energy Drink 12
42 United States Emerson Newton-John[18] (R) Graystone Consulting / Pink & Blue for Two 4, 11
Younessi Racing 15 Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey[19] 4–5
16 United States Rodin Younessi[20] (R) 1, 5
Jeffrey Mark Motorsport 76 Mexico Juan Pablo Garcia Freightliner / Mygale All In technical alliance with Bryan Herta Autosport
Hillenburg Motorsports 20 United States Darryl Wills (R) Tequila Distinguido 1–3

Schedule[edit]

IndyCar announced that all Firestone Indy Lights Series races would be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network in 2012.[21]

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location
1 March 24 United States St. Petersburg 100 Streets of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida
2 April 1 United States Grand Prix of Alabama Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama
3 April 15 United States Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, California
4 May 25 United States Firestone Freedom 100 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana
5 June 2 United States Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan
6 June 15 United States Firestone Indy Lights 100 Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin
7 June 22 United States Sukup 100 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa
8 July 7 Canada Toronto 100 Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario
9 July 21 Canada Edmonton 100 Edmonton City Centre Airport Edmonton, Alberta
10 August 5 Canada Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières Circuit Trois-Rivières Trois-Rivières, Quebec
11 September 1 United States Grand Prix of Baltimore Streets of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland
12 September 15 United States Auto Club Speedway Foundation 100 Auto Club Speedway Fontana, California
  Oval/Speedway
  Road Course/Street Circuit

Race results[edit]

Rd. Race Pole position Fastest lap Most laps led Winning driver Winning team
1 United States St. Petersburg France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports
2 United States Barber Colombia Sebastián Saavedra Colombia Sebastián Saavedra Colombia Sebastián Saavedra Colombia Sebastián Saavedra United States Andretti Autosport
3 United States Long Beach Colombia Sebastián Saavedra Brazil Victor Carbone Argentina Esteban Guerrieri Argentina Esteban Guerrieri United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports
4 United States Indianapolis Colombia Gustavo Yacamán Brazil João Victor Horto Brazil Victor Carbone Argentina Esteban Guerrieri United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports
5 United States Belle Isle United Kingdom Oliver Webb Colombia Gustavo Yacamán United Kingdom Oliver Webb Colombia Gustavo Yacamán United States Team Moore Racing
6 United States Milwaukee France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports
7 United States Iowa France Tristan Vautier Argentina Esteban Guerrieri France Tristan Vautier Argentina Esteban Guerrieri United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports
8 Canada Toronto Brazil Victor Carbone Colombia Gustavo Yacamán Colombia Gustavo Yacamán Colombia Gustavo Yacamán United States Team Moore Racing
9 Canada Edmonton Colombia Carlos Muñoz Argentina Esteban Guerrieri Colombia Carlos Muñoz Colombia Carlos Muñoz United States Andretti Autosport
10 Canada Trois-Rivières France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports
11 United States Baltimore France Tristan Vautier Colombia Sebastián Saavedra France Tristan Vautier France Tristan Vautier United States Sam Schmidt Motorsports
12 United States Fontana Colombia Sebastián Saavedra Canada David Ostella Colombia Carlos Muñoz Colombia Carlos Muñoz United States Andretti Autosport

Driver standings[edit]

Pos Driver STP
United States
BAR
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
United States
DET
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
TRO
Canada
BAL
United States
FON
United States
Pts
1 France Tristan Vautier 1* 2 3 3 5 1* 4* 11 6 1* 1* 4 461
2 Argentina Esteban Guerrieri 2 3 1* 1 7 3 1 6 3 4 3 3 453
3 Colombia Gustavo Yacamán 6 4 10 4 1 8 2 1* 7 2 2 11 394
4 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 3 1* 2 5 6 2 13 2 2 9 10 14 383
5 Colombia Carlos Muñoz 14 14 5 2 2 5 7 10 1* 3 11 1* 377
6 Brazil Victor Carbone 5 5 4 6* 4 6 3 3 8 8 DNS 5 340
7 United Kingdom Oliver Webb 4 13 6 15 3* 12 12 5 4 5 6 8 310
8 Canada David Ostella 15 9 8 18 13 4 5 7 10 6 4 2 298
9 Mexico Juan Pablo Garcia 7 8 7 11 9 11 14 8 9 10 9 10 260
10 Venezuela Jorge Goncalvez 11 10 9 12 DNS 9 6 9 11 7 7 13 247
11 Republic of Ireland Peter Dempsey 14 11 4 5 11 5 12 164
12 Israel Alon Day 12 6 11 8 8 7 DNS 147
13 India Armaan Ebrahim 8 12 12 13 10 97
14 United States Mike Larrison 9 13 11 9 80
15 Brazil João Victor Horto 13 7 7 69
16 United States Darryl Wills 10 11 15 54
17 United States Chase Austin 10 8 44
18 United States Bryan Clauson 10 10 40
19 United States Troy Castaneda 9 15 37
20 Norway Anders Krohn 19 9 34
21 United States Rodin Younessi 16 12 32
22 United States Emerson Newton-John 17 12 31
23 United Kingdom Stefan Wilson 6 28
24 Venezuela Bruno Palli 7 26
25 Hong Kong Adderly Fong 8 24
26 United States Nick Andries 13 17
27 United Kingdom Alex Jones DNP 14 16
28 United States Brandon Wagner 16 14
Pos Driver STP
United States
BAR
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
United States
DET
United States
MIL
United States
IOW
United States
TOR
Canada
EDM
Canada
TRO
Canada
BAL
United States
FON
United States
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(2 points)
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded
Rookie of the Year
Rookie
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Points 50 40 35 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
  • Ties in points broken by number of wins, or best finishes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "12 races on 2012 calendar". Firestone Indy Lights (IndyCar). December 27, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Vautier claims championship by 8 points over Guerrieri". indycar.com (IndyCar). 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Victor Carbone continues with Schmidt in Indy Lights". Racer (Haymarket Publications). December 29, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sam Schmidt Motorsports signs Webb". Firestone Indy Lights (IndyCar). December 1, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Esteban Guerrieri ci riprova con Sam Schmidt Motorsports" [Esteban Guerrieri is back with Sam Schmidt Motorsports]. stopandgo.tv (in Italian) (Stop&Go). March 15, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vautier joins Schmidt for 2012 Indy Lights season". Racer (Haymarket Publications). November 18, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ El Tigrillo Yacamán se queda en la Indy Lights, el Colombiano, March 6, 2012, Retrieved March 6, 2012 (Spanish)
  8. ^ Ostella Joins Team Moore in Firestone Indy Lights Series, David Ostella PR, January 2, 2012, Retrieved January 2, 2012
  9. ^ a b Muñoz, Castenada Join Indy Lights for St. Pete, "RACER.com", March 19, 2012, Retrieved March 19, 2012
  10. ^ "Andries to debut at Long Beach". Racer (Haymarket Publications). April 10, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Juncos Racing acquires Davey Hamilton's Indy Lights team". Racer (Haymarket Publications). November 29, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ “Goncalvez Returns to Belardi for 2012”
  13. ^ driver makes history” (indycar.com; January 20, 2012)
  14. ^ "Dempsey joins Belardi Auto Racing for remainder of season". Firestone Indy Lights (IndyCar). June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ Knowlton, Veronica. Mike Larrison Joins Belardi Auto Racing Belardi Auto Racing, May 4, 2012, Retrieved 2012-05-04
  16. ^ "Fan Force United signs Ebrahim". Firestone Indy Lights (IndyCar). January 3, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Fan Force United hires Clauson for two races". Firestone Indy Lights (IndyCar). June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  18. ^ Guerra, Kate. Newton-John enters the Freedom 100 with Fan Force United, IndyCar, April 30, 2012, Retrieved 2012-05-01
  19. ^ Dempsey returns to Firestone Indy Lights with Younessi, May 7, 2012, Retrieved 2012-05-07
  20. ^ Younessi Racing enters Indy Lights, Racer, February 28, 2012, Retrieved March 6, 2012
  21. ^ "NBC Sports Network to air 2012 races". Firestone Indy Lights (IndyCar). February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.